Hurricane Donald Due Over Washington Noon Tomorrow

Hurricane Donald makes landfall in Washington tomorrow. He’s taken about 18 months to come up from off the west coast of Africa as a little spinning disc of cloud. The Met Office forecasters kept on saying that he would never come to anything much, and he’d blow himself out somewhere over the Atlantic ocean. There were 17 or 18 other storms that started up around that time. Almost all of them were regarded as having a better chance of really going places than Donald. Hurricane Hillary, for example. And Hurricane Jeb. Donald was regarded as a bit of a joke.

But the eye of the storm is set to arrive over Washington at 12 noon local time, and the whole world is wondering what will happen next. My guess is that Donald is going to tear things up, and strew them everywhere. The US government – and the USA – is going to be shaken up in ways it probably can’t even begin to imagine.

Seventeen US intelligence agencies – SEVENTEEN – have said that Russia interfered in the US election to help get Trump elected, but none of them have a produced a shred of evidence, so far as I know. What I’m wondering, and I suspect Donald is also wondering, is: Does the USA really need 17 intelligence agencies? Wouldn’t one be enough? Those 17 agencies are little empires, most likely vying with all the others, hiding stuff from each other. But…

“Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening on MSNBC

And what about the EPA, which is chock full of global warmists and antismoking zealots? Donald has already said that global warming is a Chinese hoax. Is he going to clean out this Augean stable as well? And when he sweeps out all the alarmists, is he going to sweep out the antismokers too?

And the MSM? I read something yesterday to the effect that Trump was planning on expanding the closed shop of the White House press corps to include lots more people, including friends on the internet like Infowars, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and more. It was to be expanded from 50 people to something like 400 people. If so, the current Mainstream Media will become Sidestream Media, no longer with special privileged access to the presidency. They won’t like that. But we may be about to see the eclipse of the MSM.

What about Draining The Swamp? And Building The Wall? So far as I know, Donald is still planning on doing those too. And he’s going to tear up NAFTA.

Draining the swamp might be the hardest thing to do, given the checks and balances built into the US constitution. What if Senate and Congress mount a concerted resistance to him? That looks all too likely.

And then there’s the rest of the world.

I’m expecting Trump to meet Putin very soon, as a matter of urgency. I’m expecting him to call off the NATO build-up on Russia’s borders. And I’m expecting that they’ll announce joint Russian-American operations against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.

The UK’s Theresa May is scheduled to meet him early in February, as best I understand. I suspect that he’ll offer every assistance and encouragement for her to make Brexit a reality. The UK government has really just been treading water for the past 6 months since the Brexit vote – of which Trump thoroughly approved. Just a couple of days ago she declared she was in favour of a ‘hard’ Brexit, cutting nearly all the ties with Europe. And I imagine she did that with Trump’s encouragement and approval.

And so what about the EU, which Trump sees as the embodiment of socialism? With relations with Russia warming rapidly, and the UK moving sharply away from Europe, the EU might find itself getting sharply squeezed. Furthermore Trump has said he expects other European member states to break away, and he’ll probably be encouraging them to do so. And he’ll be demanding that the EU pays its fair share towards a NATO that he no longer sees as needed anyway – and which won’t be if the Russian thaw becomes complete (as it should have done 25 or more years ago).

And China? Is he going to slap tariffs on Chinese imports? Is he going to start a trade war with China? If Russia is pleased at the election of Donald Trump, China is not.

There are going to be howls of protest, whatever he does. And the howls of protest will be amplified by the fact that most of the MSM in the world are opposed to him. The howls will start tomorrow, and they’ll just get louder and louder. It’ll become a non-stop scream.

I just wonder whether Trump has bitten off more than he can chew. And whether he’ll create too many enemies. He’s already got a lot, even before taking office. I suspect he’s soon going to make a lot more.

He’s a man of extraordinary energy, but I wonder if the effort of doing everything he wants to do is going to exhaust him. Hillary Clinton’s health came under close scrutiny before the election. But what about Trump’s health? He’s a large, florid man. And he’s 70 years old. And he doesn’t exercise much. I don’t think he’s playing much golf these days (although I read a report that he played a few holes with Tiger Woods recently). I won’t be too surprised if he has a heart attack or something, six months into his presidency.

What else? Trump is someone who has spent his life building things. Hotels, apartment blocks, casinos, golf courses. What’s notable about all those things is that they’re all about good living and pleasure. And he surrounds himself with all the accoutrements of wealth and good living – even though he doesn’t smoke or drink. For him, that’s what life is really all about. And when he’s doing trade deals, I suspect that he wants the same for everyone else as well. I don’t think anyone who enjoys playing golf can be a killjoy. Not a complete one, anyway. And I don’t think someone who’s become a great chum of smoking, drinking Nigel Farage can be either.

But really, what do I know? As I’ve said before, US presidents are like Roman empires. And I have no idea what goes on in the inner circles of imperial courts.

The shouting and wailing and screaming has been going on for 18 months already. The noise levels are going to notch up another 50 decibels tomorrow. It’s going to be a rollercoaster ride, with lurid headlines every day. Maybe lurid headlines two or three times a day.

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15 Responses to Hurricane Donald Due Over Washington Noon Tomorrow

  1. Harleyrider1978 says:

    Mike pence president and a full time tobacco friendly politician

  2. Harleyrider1978 says:

    The nannystate is truly dead!

    I suspect Marie le pen will finish off the EU

  3. petesquiz says:

    Well I for one hope that Hurricane Donald blows long and blows hard!

    Although we hear a lot from the people against Donald Trump, he is supported by the Gun Lobby, the police, the armed services, big business and a vast number of ordinary Americans which, in the short term ought to be protection from some of the calamities that can be foreseen.

    I hope that, despite the previous administration’s efforts, that he can thaw out relations between USA and Russia – hopefully the email issue will be shown to be a red herring.

    I expect that he will come to an accommodation with China – they respect people who stand their ground against them (if you don’t, they will walk all over you).

    I’m looking forward to him being instrumental in dismantling a lot of the nonsense around climate change.

    If he delivers on what he has laid out, Donald Trump will be good for America and good for the world.

  4. beobrigitte says:

    Hurricane Donald makes landfall in Washington tomorrow.
    He sure is.

    Seventeen US intelligence agencies – SEVENTEEN – have said that Russia interfered in the US election to help get Trump elected, but none of them have a produced a shred of evidence, so far as I know.
    SEVENTEEN?
    1. Who are they?
    2. What’s the evidence? Surely at least one of the seventeen can provide evidence to substantiate the claim.

    And so what about the EU, which Trump sees as the embodiment of socialism? With relations with Russia warming rapidly, and the UK moving sharply away from Europe, the EU might find itself getting sharply squeezed. Furthermore Trump has said he expects other European member states to break away, and he’ll probably be encouraging them to do so. And he’ll be demanding that the EU pays its fair share towards a NATO that he no longer sees as needed anyway – and which won’t be if the Russian thaw becomes complete (as it should have done 25 or more years ago).
    I have no objection to the EU getting sharply squeezed if this squeeze removes the parasites (i.e. tobacco control&friends) and therefore allows people to breathe. For the first time in at least 30 years.
    What I do bear in mind is, Trump has lived his life as a yuppie which means for financial gain it is ok to mob and climb over any competitor’s back whilst kicking the unfortunate in the backside (“you are fired!!!) will make us smokers an easy target to be the ones being kicked again. The guy actively has (and will do?) discourage team work. We smoker need to team up!
    Never mind, at least he shook up America – and with that hopefully the rest of the world.
    It has been suggested that Obama is doing his best to leave Trump a conflict with Russia thus make his start to the presidency as difficult as possible. Other rumours have it that Trump already has established contact to Putin. I do wonder, though, will he ever tell Putin the truth about the tobacco control lies that led to the smoking ban in Russia?

    I just wonder whether Trump has bitten off more than he can chew. And whether he’ll create too many enemies. He’s already got a lot, even before taking office. I suspect he’s soon going to make a lot more.
    If he culls tobacco control&friends, he sure will. And they have loads of money. And good lawyers. But then, so has Trump….

    Let’s hope the guy speaks up for us – the minority and discriminated against LEGALLY these days!!!

  5. Lepercolonist says:

    Trump has to know that millions of smokers voted for him. Particularly among the working class. I would love to see that breakdown against Hillary. My guess is 70-75% for Trump.

  6. nisakiman says:

    Czech Republic Set to Ban Smoking in Bars

    The Czech Republic is one step away from losing its status of one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/19/czech-republic-set-to-ban-smoking-in-bars/

    I wonder how heavily the ban will be enforced. I can’t see this being a popular move at all.

    • beobrigitte says:

      You’re right. It won’t be a popular move. The Czech republic has had – and benefited – from increased smoker tourism. The country is in need of money, so the ban will start off as it did in Germany. No food places can provide ashtrays for the customers and hotel rooms can be booked as “smoking”/”non-smoking”.

      And THEN the anti-smokers will move in……..

  7. margo says:

    Donald Trump – what a very brave man – let’s just hope they don’t assassinate him.

  8. waltc says:

    The online front page of today’s NY Times is a festival of anti-Trump, but here’s the worst omen. Way down under an inflammatory headline reporting a deep intelligence probe into Trump’s ‘Russian ties” we learn it’s all unproven speculation by the Times itself, obtained thru anonymous sources. What we seem to have here is the anatomy of a smear but one that will resonate and be exploited

  9. Zaphod says:

    Even if he doesn’t achieve ANY of the things we hope for, he has already done a hell of a lot!
    The “progressive” future no longer seems so inevitable. That’s a miracle!
    And what a delight it has been, seeing the Snowflakes squeal! :-)

  10. beobrigitte says:

    It was a rather nice inauguration. Finally, there it was: a refreshing inauguration speech rather than the usual politically correct blah-blah.
    The BBC added amusement by trying to make the broadcast more about Obama than about Trump. And then it showed the ‘large amounts’ of protesters. They even interviewed a lady who wants-the-world-to-know that ‘most’ Americans hate and/or despise Trump.
    Then there was the black dressed group of protesters who hid their faces and smashed shop and car windows. They did remind me of De-ash a lot.

    Although I’m still cautious of Trump I am also cautiously beginning to become hopeful again. He wants to create more jobs for the Americans.
    Perhaps Trump is right by stating that he’ll look after America in the first place. For as long as we are not trading locally only we all benefit/suffer from decisions made by the bigger countries. I hope he’ll think of American Tobacco and it’s long suffering industry. Surely BAT would benefit on the long run in this country and with that there’ll be secure jobs for more people over here.

    Trump is in the first place a business person. (I do view with caution his actions on the already overworked American work force of which a large number holds down more than 1 job in order to make ends meet). But I do hope he cuts the government funds to the repulsive financial leeches that contribute only by ostracizing groups of people.

    President Trump appears to ring in a new era. I am hoping he does.

    • Frank Davis says:

      I hope it’s a new era too. The speech was short and to the point (with echoes of JFK). I thought the most notable passage was:

      “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”

      That was highly uncompromising message.

      • beobrigitte says:

        “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”

        Uncompromising but very necessary. The BBC had found one islamic (long beard, head covering) looking guy just before Trump said this. He must have cheered as the BBC didn’t show him again.
        Also, Trump put quite clearly the message across that he has no problem with muslims. He just has a problem with the murderous kind. That sounds pretty good to me.

        I cannot ignore the multitude of snippets on the net about his attitude to women. And in some aspects he is right. Women are being taught they “need” protection – and they can get away with accusations men don’t. (Sure, there are men out there who “looooove women” as an object. Girls, just deal with them individually!)
        As an egalitarian (believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities) I believe it’s high time to work back on a few things.

        I sure do hope Trump brings back the common sense that got lost in the scaremongering tactics of leeches.

        A lot rests on Trump’s shoulders. But somehow I think he can do it.

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